I grew up with teachers telling me that English is easy. No one should ever struggle to learn our basic, simple language right? I beg to differ, in fact I think in it’s own way English is confusing.
As I’ve a busy weekend ahead, here’s a short written example of why I feel English is actually more dumfounding than it’s usually given credit for. Lettuce sea watt I’m talking about…
English is Confusing – The Same but Different
There were a few examples of what I’m talking about in that last sentence. We’re all familiar with the common misuses of to, too and two for example. Then we have there, their and they’re which often end up jumbled.
Do you see what I see in the sea and just what is a watt anyway? Someone noticed that a bear was bare, which wasn’t fair because he hadn’t paid the fare to be a bare bear. Will I fill the whole of that hole if I insert this dove that dove from the sky into it? Which witch was it that rose from the rose bushes?
I’m going to give myself a headache. There’s an unbelievable number of words in the English language. It sometimes amuses me how many of those either mean the same thing or are nearly identical but used completely differently.
English is Confusing – Further Examination
Boxing rings are square, English muffins are not English and peanut butter doesn’t have any butter in it. If the plural of sheep is sheep, why isn’t the plural of foot also foot? We know that the plural of foot is feet, which must mean that the plural of root is reet. Roots you say? Who on earth decided we need ten thousand different ways of pluralising a word?
When someone serves up chicken for dinner, you’re eating chicken. So when there’s a piece of cow on your plate, why are you eating beef? There is no ham in a hamburger and they aren’t made in Hamburg. There is definitely cheese in a cheeseburger though, I’ve seen it. But I can’t find Cheeseburg on a map to check their origins.
When the sun’s out everything is bright, but if the lights are out you won’t see a thing. Even more weird, I’ve never heard anyone put the lights in but rather put them on.
Here’s a post I read about the sort of words we’re losing from our language. I’m not sure any of these will make it any simpler though!
Are there any words or phrases that leave you baffled?